Aiden McGeady has expressed his relief at finally opening his Republic of Ireland goal account.
The Spartak Moscow winger, while acknowledged as one of the most creative talents in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad, had gone 37 games without finding the target prior to Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia.
It took him just 83 seconds to break the deadlock in that game and taste for the first time the elation of scoring an international goal.
Now that he is off the mark, McGeady hopes he will not have to wait too long before he gets to experience those emotions again.
He said: "I'm delighted it went it in because I thought I was never going to score for Ireland.
"I'd pick up the programme before every game and I would see my name with no goals.
"I've never had a problem with scoring goals but I think I can get more.
"With Ireland I just had the problem of hitting the back of the net but I'm delighted to get off the mark."